Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Both men burned themselves.
They were both trying to get a message across to the government.
Neither were forced into doing it, and did it by choice.

The monk burned himself for religion, whereas Mohamed did it for justice among civilians.
The monk died while burning. Mohamed died after he was taken to the hospital.
The monk's burnign was pre-planned. Mohamed did it without thinking twice.

Free Thinking:
I think that burning yourself would defiantly get the attention of any government, it just doesn't seem right. Sacrificing your own life can't be acceptable to get the attention of someone. To be honest, I think that just protesting would be a better alternate. But one problem is that people would probably die during protests, whereas only one person would die by burning themselves. I admire Muhamed and the monk, no matter how crazy they are, to have the guts to burn themselves just to help others. It doesn't seem like anyone on Earth would be able to do that, yet, they have.


Open highway and heart’s restrained,
Sun burn sustained,
Obscured thoughts sink,
Quarrel rethink.

Hands shake absent control unnerves,
Mere eye observes,
Free fall unfree,
Hurt aches deeply.

Speak words of love lie if you must,
Instincts unjust,
As passion burns,
All sense adjourns.

By Ros Shrapnel

Thursday, February 17, 2011

OPTION 2/Literary Analysis of WWI.

a. Present topic
b. Provide excerpt from information   
c. Show how the topic factually relates to the information.

 1. How the assasination of Franz Ferdinand partly caused WW1. Franz Ferdinand on the 28th of June, 1914 by a 19 year-old Serbian. More information can be found here.
   2. On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, who would have been the next king of Austria-Hungary, was shot and killed (along with his wife Sophie) in Sarajevo, a city in Bosnia. The assassin had been a Serbian nationalist. Hungary asked Germany for help and Serbia looked to Russia. Austria-Hungary then declared war on Serbia. More Information can be found here.
   3. Exactly 1 month after the assasination (June 28, 1914) Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia (The assassin had been a Serbian nationalist.) Previously, Russia had made allies with Serbia, and Germany had become allies with Austria-Hungary. Four days after war was declared, Germany officially began war with Russia. This marked the beginning of WW1.

White Man's Burden, Richard Kipling

1. Determine what Kipling means by "the White Man's Burden."
When Kipling explains the White Man's Burden, I think he means that white man will have to suffer a burden of what they've done to the African Americans for eternity. White man will never have forgiveness for the slaves treatment.
2. Does Kipling justify imperialism? How so?
I think that Kipling has a low view on imperialism, considering that he uses gross, horrible terms to describe it. Towards the end, he gives an ironic happiness effect on imperialism.
3. Why might such a justification might be so appealing?
The justification of imperialism would be appealing among a king, or one who wants to make themselves a legacy of a ruler.